What will happen to sports? That question has been one to ask with everything going on with the current pandemic. With school currently being closed for the safety of both students and faculty, many are asking when it will be safe to go back to school and if there will be sports next semester.
The plan is rather fluid at this point as KC Athletic Director Jimmy Rieves said. “Right now it’s hard to know what’s going to happen as everything is on hold at the moment. We really won’t have a picture about what will happen next year until June 15.”
On that day the school committee will meet and address what will happen regarding the status of next year’s sports. There are questions regarding some new faculty positions such as an assistant women’s basketball team coach. Also, the Rangers only head softball coach, Leslie Messina, resigned effective May 31, to spend time with her ailing mother in Illinois.
According to the Longview News-Journal, Messina, who began the program eight years ago, took the team to two regional tournament berths and compiled a 142-215 record with the Rangers.
In her time as head coach, Messina saw the Rangers sharing Stream-Flo Park with the Kilgore High School team. In 2017, the team moved to its own field, The Ballpark at KC Commons, on the corner of Martin and Houston Streets.
The 2020 KC squad was 10-17 overall, but had started the Region XIV Conference schedule by winning three of four games before the season was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
KC sports fans will have to wait out this delay, but know that when sports does come back it will have been worth the wait.
-by Chris Pena, Sports Editor